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Hemp Seeds – For Your Health

Your chance of surviving 100 years alive and well seems to increase enormously if you eat hemp seeds regularly. In the Chinese village of Bama Yao, there are a particularly large number of people who are over a hundred years old.

With hemp seeds, you stay fit and healthy

Regular consumption of hemp seeds is most likely responsible for the fact that numerous residents of the Chinese village of Bama live to be over a hundred years old – and in excellent health.

This is not so surprising, because the seeds of the hemp plant contain a cornucopia of nutrients and vital substances that prevent the development of diseases and slow down the natural aging processes in the body.

Everywhere in the world, there are regions where the inhabitants grow particularly old. These areas usually have two things in common: on the one hand, the air is still largely free of pollutants and, on the other hand, the people there eat natural foods that are particularly rich in vital substances.

In Bama Yao, however, there is another factor. The locals there love to eat hemp seeds. Therefore, the small seeds are eaten here regularly and in larger quantities than elsewhere.

Hemp Seeds – The Superfood

Many nutrients and vital substances – in particular zinc, magnesium, and iron – are contained in relevant quantities in hemp seeds. Thus, not only is the hemp oil obtained from the hemp seeds a great food (superfood), but of course, the seeds themselves are also and are therefore among the foods with extremely interesting health-promoting properties.

Hemp seeds prevent diseases

The highly effective antioxidants contained in hemp seeds, e.g. B. the phytol, fight so-called free radicals. These are aggressive molecules that attack body cells and tissues, causing cell damage. On the one hand, this accelerates the aging process and, on the other hand, leads to a wide variety of diseases. Therefore, hemp seeds show a comprehensive preventive effect on the organism, because they strengthen the immune system and protect our cells from degeneration.

Hemp seeds fight inflammation

Another important property of antioxidants is that they counteract inflammation and thus prevent, for example, arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, etc., diseases that are all associated with chronic inflammatory processes.

The gamma-linolenic acid contained in hemp seeds also inhibits the release of inflammatory substances in the body. In addition, this fatty acid is the starting material for the production of prostaglandin, a tissue hormone that is found throughout the body and regulates various processes there, including controlling inflammatory reactions.

Enjoy cannabis seeds – Nothing easier than that

If you also want to benefit from the health-promoting effects of hemp seeds, enjoy the small, nutty-tasting seeds regularly. Below we give you a few tips on how you can easily integrate hemp seeds into your diet:

  • Sprinkle your muesli or salad with 1-2 tablespoons of peeled or unpeeled hemp seeds.
  • Snack on peeled or unpeeled hemp seeds as often as you like in between meals.
  • Add a teaspoon of hemp oil to your smoothie or protein shake.
  • You can also use peeled hemp seeds when preparing spreads or pesto.
  • Prepare plant-based milk from shelled hemp seeds (see below).
  • Refine your pasta, grain dishes, soups, or dressings with a teaspoon of hemp oil.
  • Mix hemp seeds into baked goods like bread or cakes.

Ingredients and preparation “hemp milk”

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 300ml of water
  • 100 g peeled hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch crystal salt
  • to sweeten: pitted dates, yacon syrup, coconut blossom sugar, or similar

Preparation:

  1. Put the water and hemp seeds (if necessary also the dates) in a blender and blend for 2 to 3 minutes. Then sweeten as needed and blend for another minute.
  2. Pour the hemp milk into a bowl using a fine sieve. Then decant into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator (maximum 2 days).
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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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